New Ford Fiesta ST gains optional LSD

Tuesday, 13 Mar, 2018

According to the American auto giant, the new ST will deliver the "most responsive, engaging and fun-to-drive Fiesta ST experience ever". Largely responsible for these numbers is Ford's all-new 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine that delivers 200 metric horsepower (197 bhp) at 6,000 rpm and 290 Nm (214 lb-ft) of torque from 1,600 to 4,000 rpm.

Officially homologated fuel efficiency and Carbon dioxide emission figures will be published closer to the on-sale date in June.

When Ford first revealed the new ST we learnt that it would, like the new Fiesta range as a whole, become a lot more grown-up and offer more big boys toys and improved technology.

Launch control is also an option, while active exhaust and even cylinder deactivation are added as standard.

More importantly, the chassis has been optimized with new Ford-patented force vectoring springs that make the turn-in sharper, improve the rear end's responsiveness and provide a generally more connected feel of the vehicle.

New Ford Fiesta ST 2018
FORDNew Ford Fiesta ST 2018 has been revealed

Ford say that will give you sharper turn-in, works with the normal dampers, doesn't compromise comfort or ride quality and saves weight.

A launch control system is also optional, and when on-track the system optimises the best settings for the ESC, traction control, torque vectoring and torque steer compensation to ensure the best standing start possible.

The previous generation hot supermini was widely regarded by the motoring press to be one of the best affordable drivers' cars on the market while on sale between 2013 and 2017, so the updated version has been eagerly anticipated - and Ford is clearly not pulling any punches when it comes to surpassing the old model.

The ST will be available from launch in three-door and five-door bodystyles with sporty ST exterior styling and standard 17-inch or optional 18-inch alloy wheels. "We've applied what we've learned from recent Ford Performance models including the Focus RS and Ford GT to develop an all-new Fiesta ST that sets a new standard for driving fun in its segment, with a throaty three-cylinder soundtrack that will speak to petrol-heads whatever their language", said Leo Roeks, Ford Performance director, Europe.